Vitamin C Can Do More Than Just Fight Colds

Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that is a crucial part of your health. Don’t assume vitamin C benefits your immune system alone, it can do much more than that.

It is a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin, prevents gingivitis, promotes wound healing, and more. A deficiency of this vitamin can take a toll on your health. Conversely, having optimal amounts of this vitamin helps ward off infection and promotes overall health.

Vitamin C Benefits And Uses

Prevents anemia: If you have low red blood cell count and often experience symptoms like fatigue, chest pain, and weakness, it could be anemia. Anemia results because of many factors; the most common is the deficiency of iron. People with anemia may have trouble absorbing iron from their diet. Vitamin C is a crucial nutrient that enhances iron absorption and prevents iron deficiency anemia. Taking an iron-rich food along with vitamin C helps increase iron absorption by up to 67 percent1.

Boosts your immune system: The effect of Vitamin C on the immune system is the most popular one. It is often recommended as the first line of defense when cold and flu season hits hard. Vitamin C supports various cellular functions of both the body’s natural immunity and acquired immunity. It also helps the epithelial barrier function and protects the body from pathogens and other harmful bacteria2.

Potent antioxidant: Studies indicate that as a powerful antioxidant vitamin C may aid in the prevention and treatment of many chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer, and immune disorders3. Research indicates that consuming vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables is associated with decreased risk of heart-related diseases, certain cancers and possibly of neurodegenerative diseases4.

Fights premature aging: Chronic stress, pollutants, and smoking can accelerate the aging process. Vitamin C can be a useful nutrient to negate these adverse effects and reduce the risk of premature aging. Preliminary studies indicate that vitamin C is protective against the natural aging process5. Vitamin C is involved in the synthesis of collagen the vital protein that keeps your skin supple and healthy.

Lowers the risk of gout: Gout is a type of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness around joints. It occurs due to uric acid buildup in the joints and affects the foot and big toe. Research shows that taking adequate vitamin C in the diet can help protect against this type of arthritis. A 20-year study documented that a higher intake of vitamin C to be associated with a lower risk of developing gout among 47,000 men6. Another review found similar findings with a significant drop in the blood uric acid levels in human subjects7. Researchers concluded this helps reduce the gout flare-up in patients.

Good for your heart: Another lesser known benefit of taking enough vitamin C is that it promotes the health of your heart. A review of thirteen studies on heart health found that supplementing with 500 milligrams of vitamin C per day has a significant effect in reducing the bad cholesterol and triglycerides8. A similar study linked higher vitamin C intake to lower risk of death from stroke and heart diseases9. Vitamin C’s natural antioxidant effects may help prevent the formation of plaques (products of oxidation) and could be the possible reason for its protective effects on the heart.

Protects your brain: Studies show that the antioxidant effects of vitamin C extend to the health of your brain as you age. Research shows that vitamin C helps protect and delays aging effects such as memory loss, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s10.

The body does not make Vitamin C or store it for later use. Eating fresh citrus fruits, apple, kale, and spinach can deliver your body vitamin C, but it is recommended that you take a whole food vitamin C supplement. NATURELO’s Vitamin C supplement with organic acerola cherry and citrus bioflavonoids is 100% natural and comes from real fruits.

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2. Vitamin C and Immune Function, 2017 Nov 3;9(11). pii: E1211. doi: 10.3390/nu9111211 

3. Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health, 2008 Jun; 4(2): 89–96 

4. Observations on crystals found in the intestine of Nematodirus battus during the development of immunity to this nematode in lambs, 1976 Feb;72(1):75-80 

5. Inhibitory effect of vitamin C on intrinsic aging in human dermal fibroblasts and hairless mice, 2017 Nov 22;27(2):555-564. doi: 10.1007/s10068-017-0252-6. eCollection 2018 Apr 

6. Vitamin C Intake and the Risk of Gout in Men – A Prospective Study, 2010 Mar 9 

7. Effect of oral vitamin C supplementation on serum uric acid: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, 2011 Sep;63(9):1295-306. doi: 10.1002/acr.20519 

8. Vitamin C supplementation lowers serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides: a meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials, 2008 Jun;7(2):48-58. doi: 10.1016/j.jcme.2008.01.002 

9. Vitamin C and risk of death from stroke and coronary heart disease in cohort of elderly people, 1995 Jun 17; 310(6994): 1563–1566 

10. A critical review of vitamin C for the prevention of age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, 2012;29(4):711-26. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2012-111853